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Greece takes over EU presidency
« on: Wednesday, 01 January, 2014 @ 18:24:49 »
Crisis-hit Greece on Jan. 1 took over the six-month rotating EU presidency from Lithuania with a crucial European Parliament ballot looming and the bloc divided over delicate efforts to create a banking union.

In the European Parliament elections in May, euroskeptics and far-right parties are poised to score major gains that could harden the bloc’s political agenda for the next five years.
The country itself is scheduled to hold municipal elections on May 18 and 25, a process expected to bolster political forces opposed to the government’s austerity policies and the economic agreement with the country’s EU-IMF creditors.

The Greek presidency, taking over from Lithuania, will be officially unveiled on Jan. 8 when the EU’s 28 commissioners are to convene in Athens. Samaras will then present the Greek priorities in Strasbourg on Jan. 16. Italy will take over from Greece in June.